a workout, lots of athletes prop their tired legs on foam cylinders
and roll away to release lactic acid and increase blood flow. Itís a
great way to loosen up tissue and prevent soreness.
A foam roller
can help build strength, too, notes Jennifer Earl-Boehm, athletic
trainer and director of the athletic training education program at
place your hands or feet on the roller to do a push-up, for example,
you are really challenging your abdominal core muscles at the same
time," she says. "This is great in the prevention of back
and lower extremity injuries."
strengthening work, start with three sets of 8 to 12 repetitions. If
this seems too easy, increase the difficulty of the exercise.
Why does it
work? "You strengthen muscles in a way that gets them used to
working in a dynamic fashion. Making your strengthening exercises more
difficult by creating an unstable surface is one way," Earl-Boehm
getting stronger without the heavy lifting!